An Indian American man shot and killed his 14-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in upstate New York, according to media reports quoting police sources.
Bhupinder Singh, 57, shot dead his 14-year-old daughter Jasleen Kaur and his mother-in-law Manjeet Kaur, 55, on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, in Schodack, south of Albany the reports said.
“Preliminary investigation has determined that 14-year-old Jasleen Kaur and 55-year-old Manjeet Kaur, both of Castleton on the Hudson, died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a domestic incident that occurred at their residence at approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday,” New York State Police told various media.
His wife, Rashpal Kaur, 40, was shot in the arm, but was able to escape, CBS6 TV reported.
She is being treated at Albany Medical Center and her wounds are non-life-threatening, it said. According to reports, troopers are waiting to interview her.
A neighbor, Jim Lundstrom, told The Albany Times-Union newspaper that there was likely domestic violence at that house.
Neighbor Jim Lundstrom said that he was resting that night when he heard his doorbell ring nonstop, according to the Times Union. “Help me! Help me!” he said he heard someone scream.
When Lundstrom checked outside his window, he saw someone walk away from his home and stumble her way up the street to another house. Then he opened his door.
“There was blood everywhere,” Lundstrom said.
Lundstrom further said that Rashpal Kaur would tell him and his wife things like “I don’t have any food”, “he doesn’t let me go anywhere” and “I can’t drive my car”, according to The Albany Times-Union.
The newspaper said that Singh, 57, who owned a store selling beverages, had been charged with rape in 2016, but was acquitted after his trial the following year.
The newspaper said that the death of Jasleen Kaur was deeply felt in the community and local School Superintendent Jason Chevrier said in a statement that “words cannot express the shock, pain and grief that we are feeling at this time. All of us are struggling to make sense of this loss of such a bright young life.”